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Hi , Had my right Tkr Jan 11 , 2021 I have been so down about how tight and sore my knee gets after any amount of walking. I can bike , no problem , bend , no problem, its the walking, after just 1/2 hr my knee is so sore , painful all on the right side of the knee , which still has a bit of numbness. So .. guess I will just keep doing what I'm doing and hope things get better. Anyone have advice I sure would like to hear it !
 

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Hi and Welcome @Getting there!

At 6 months post op many of us still have pain walking for any length of time, I sure did! This is a long, slow recovery, an average of a full year, so at 6 months, you are halfway there, and definitely getting there, with all the things you can do. And I love your username!

Even though it’s been 6 months I will leave you our Recovery Guidelines. Each article is short but very informative. Following these guidelines will help you have a less painful recovery.

Just keep in mind all people are different, as are the approaches to this recovery and rehab. The key is, “Find what works for you.“ Your doctors, PTs and BoneSmart are available to help, but you are the final judge as to the recovery approach you choose.

Knee Recovery: The Guidelines
1. Don’t worry: Your body will heal all by itself. Relax, let it, don't try and hurry it, don’t worry about any symptoms now, they are almost certainly temporary
2. Control discomfort:
rest
ice
take your pain meds by prescription schedule (not when pain starts!)​

3. Do what you want to do BUT
a. If it hurts, don't do it and don't allow anyone - especially a physical therapist - to do it to you​
b. If your leg swells more or gets stiffer in the 24 hours after doing it, don't do it again.​


4. PT or exercise can be useful BUT take note of these

5. At week 4 and after you should follow this

6. Access to these pages on the website

The Recovery articles:
The importance of managing pain after a TKR and the pain chart
Swollen and stiff knee: what causes it?
Energy drain for TKRs
Elevation is the key
Ice to control pain and swelling
Heel slides and how to do them properly
Chart representation of TKR recovery
Healing: how long does it take?

Post op blues is a reality - be prepared for it
Sleep deprivation is pretty much inevitable - but what causes it?

There are also some cautionary articles here
Myth busting: no pain, no gain
Myth busting: the "window of opportunity" in TKR
Myth busting: on getting addicted to pain meds

We try to keep the forum a positive and safe place for our members to talk about their questions or concerns and to report successes with their joint replacement surgery.

While members may create as many threads as they like in the majority of BoneSmart’s forums, we ask that each member have only One Recovery Thread. This policy makes it easier to go back and review the member’s history before providing advice, so please post any updates or questions you have right here in this thread.
 
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Ok so I contacted my surgeon who had me try another round of PT , I had to leave they were having me do things I just knew were not helpful ie 50 lb leg press , I still can't walk for any amount of time without pain and today while shopping I almost toppled over. So tired of this !
 

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@Getting there!
Sorry to hear you continue to have problems with your knee since your last post.
You were wise to stop PT, sounds like they were doing too much for your knee. You may want to give your knee a rest, gentle stretching, short walks, and all your other normal activities to let your knee settle down.
What does your surgeon think may be causing the pain with walking?
Has he run any other tests, for example CRP, to check for inflammation.

Be sure to go back and read post #2 with the BoneSmart recovery guidelines for TKR's, even though you are at 9 months the article will be beneficial to you.

You will notice I merged your previous recovery thread with your newest thread. We prefer members have one recovery thread, that way your information is in one place for us to review your thread, and one thread will create a diary of your recovery for you.
Thank you,
Chris
 
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That’s a lot of weight for a new knee! I would refuse that especially since you are in pain.
Are you still icing? Elevating? Resting the knee? I had my first TKR a few weeks after yours and there are still times when I experience pain and every morning I wake up with stiffness and instability until I get moving.
This can be a full year ‘s recovery. You may find that knee needs a bit more time.
 

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Yes, I have had similar issues and rest helped in some instances but i finally had to go to another revision specialist. There was a problem that they figured out right away but my original OS did not after. 18 months of going back to him multiple times. But you sill might just be recovering, although if you can find another opinion I think it is worth the different set of eyes. Good luck!
 

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Kildare here, 6 months out from BTKR still very stiff and unstable. Still cannot lift my legs straight when lying on my back I am having MRI to determine no nerve damage. What is a CRP test.
 

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@Kildare CRP test is a test to determine if you have inflammation in your body. C-Reactive Protein.
 

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